Spring, Lovely..

The Wind Sings Welcome in Early Spring by Carl Sandburg
(For Paula)THE GRIP of the ice is gone now.
The silvers chase purple.
The purples tag silver.
They let out their runners
Here where summer says to the lilies:
“Wish and be wistful,
Circle this wind-hunted, wind-sung water.”

Come along always, come along now.
You for me, kiss me, pull me by the ear.
Push me along with the wind push.
Sing like the whinnying wind.
Sing like the hustling obstreperous wind.

Have you ever seen deeper purple …
this in my wild wind fingers?
Could you have more fun with a pony or a goat?
Have you seen such flicking heels before,
Silver jig heels on the purple sky rim?
Come along always, come along now.

I've been reading the lovely book The Anti-Romantic Child by Priscilla Gilman to review, and her love for poetry is rubbing off. Okay, I've actually posted poetry here several times, but there's no doubt her book is acting as impetus to today's offering. 
Let me just say that at times the books I read in tandem often provide a surreal feeling; to move between Gilman's memoir in which Wordsworth is the bedrock for all that flows forth and Simon Baron-Cohen's book on empathy and evil makes for odd dreams, to say the least. 

A table for the flowers to dine...

New flowers to add in to the existing glory that comes up each year by seed.

Made my bed with them, I did
What a glorious companion!
                   The Ad-Dressing Of Cats 
 by T. S. Eliot
You've read of several kinds of Cat,
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
To understand their character.
You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are same and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse--
But all may be described in verse.
You've seen them both at work and games,
And learnt about their proper names,
Their habits and their habitat:
How would you ad-dress a Cat?
So first, your memory I'll jog,
And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG.
And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie,
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste--
He's sure to have his personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when he's finished, licks his paws
So's not to waste the onion sauce.)
A Cat's entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call him by his NAME.
So this is this, and that is that:
And there's how you AD-DRESS A CAT.

The Wii fit left him tuckered out.

How can you not be happy looking at these
(and thinking of all the seed they'll produce)!

I love beginnings...

 The Rose Family 
by Robert Frost
The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple's a rose,
And the pear is, and so's
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only know
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose--
But were always a rose.

I'm not saying it.
But I bet you're thinking it.



Guest Posting at Life in the House That Asperger Built!

Go on over to Laura's and read my guest post Bippity, BAPpity Boo!

Handley Offers to Work Out The Details

Why Matt Carey should have to email Handley to work out the details is beyond me, but Handley appears to be willing to uphold his end of the deal. I guess the emailing has to deal with transferring the Offit domain site over.

In the process, though, he shows himself to be without an irony meter.

Handley writes, "5 months late, Matt Carey, a research staff member at Hitachi GST, with a PhD in physics from UCSD, has revealed himself to be the notorious blogger 'Sullivan.'" 

5 months late? Just because the AoA writers write under their own names is no obligation for others to do so, especially in light of the fact that AoA and its readership can be vicious in trying to get people they dislike fired from their jobs, and especially in light of the generalized nastiness that they engage in on a regular basis (think the Thanksgiving dinner with their "enemies" eating a baby). 

Then Handley calls anyone who's pointed out his promise "ravenous members of the dark side" but then assures Matt that since Matt is a parent, Handley has "no interest in writing about or attacking other parents, and you can expect similar treatment. My enemies are the AAP, CDC, and the vaccine makers themselves, as well as their well-paid minions. Since you don’t appear to be in any of those camps and have a kid just like me, I don’t have the heart."

Ok, I'm a parent with three on the spectrum, I'm not in the AAP, CDC, a maker of vaccines, or one of their well-paid minions, but he's just placed me, Kev, Liz, Todd, and Orac as "ravenous members of the dark side" and none of us meet that criteria, unless you believe Crosby's tortured logic dealing with Orac and a pharmaceutical company providing money to the university Orac's at. I consider being categorized as a "ravenous members of the dark side" an attack, but since he didn't name any of us, I guess he feels like he's covered all his bases.

Notice that as far as he's concerned, anyone who works for these organizations, whether they are parents to autistic kids or not, are his enemies. Really? So, he will attack parents and do so constantly (Paul Offit and Seth Mnookin are parents), so it's not a commitment to be decent to people who have kids. It's not a commitment to attack ideas, not people, either. 

Let's hope Handley honors his promise and never again mentions Offit's name.You realize, though, that his promise only related to himself. I'm sure his fellow AoAers are free to continue to distort, mislead, and attack Offit to their hearts' content.